April 15 Devotional

By Rev. Terri Henkel

I have noticed something lately. I have seen it before, but lately, it seems to have grown exponentially. Each time I see it, my heart is warmed, and I am reminded of Jesus’ words in John 13:34-35:

“A new command I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

What I have noticed is so many people loving one another.

Sometimes it has been in the midst of family. Moms and dads have become their children’s teachers. As their worlds have turned upside down, they are trying to do whatever they can to help one another.

I have a friend whose mom lives in a senior community, and she has been unable to visit her mom. She told me how she stood outside her mom’s window and tossed a package of toilet paper up to her mom’s balcony and yelled “I love you.” Pretty sweet.

I have seen so many expressions of love among friends. People doing whatever they can for one another. Making phone calls, sending cards, delivering meals and offering to run errands. All of it out of love.

I know of one lady who woke up Easter morning and found beautiful flowers and some Easter candy on her porch that had been dropped off by a friend who wanted her to feel loved.

I have heard story after story that just warms my heart of people pouring out God’s agape love.

The stories that are WOW are the stories of people who are helping complete strangers. Last week, on the news, they reported a story of seniors going to a local grocery chain within the special seniors’ time. When they got go the check-out, they learned their bill had already been paid. This special donor paid for groceries for hundreds of people. How incredibly loving. I bet you have seen stories like I have of people sewing masks, having meals delivered to first responders, and the list goes on and on of the kindness shown.
I received an email from someone looking for a way to help feed those who have lost their jobs and don’t have money to cover bills. We were able to encourage her to help through North Fulton Charities. She wanted to help and to extend the love of Christ, and that is a beautiful thing.

Jesus calls us to love one another; to be known for our love. It is important at any time. Right now, in this season, it is all the more important, all the more needed, all the more recognized and appreciated.

Here is the thing: it is something we all are able to do. ALL of us have ways we can extend love….

There is someone you can call.

There is someone you can send a card to.

Maybe you can have a meal delivered to the staff of a local hospital.

Maybe you can give some money to a local charity to support their work of helping people in need of help. Or maybe you know someone who could use some help with groceries or paying some bills.

Who can you pray for?

There are so many ways you can express love for one another. If you look for ways, you will find them. So what can you do today? Tomorrow and the next day?

“By your love all will know you are HIS disciple — IF you love one another.”